The Fabrica de Arte Cubano [Cuban Art Factory] (known as FAC) is included in the list of the 100 best places in the world by Time magazine, an annual guide that celebrates the innovation and originality of extraordinary destinations that offer visitors a unique experience.
The American magazine highlights the values of the project led by Cuban musician X Alfonso, and states:
“While many visitors to the capital of Cuba look for the sweet-coloured buildings and classic cars of Old Havana, it is worth visiting El Vedado, the district where you find the FAC.
“Created by Cuban musician X Alfonso in 2014, the cooking oil factory converted into a community project becomes the city’s creative centre, with galleries, performance art spaces and a dance floor.
“While Havana is preparing to celebrate its 500th anniversary this year, look at Fábrica to see its cultural future,” concludes Time magazine.
On the inclusion of FAC in the famous list, X Alfonso said: “It is unimaginable for the whole team and for me that our dear FAC is chosen among the 100 best places in the world. I think about the visibility that this news can generate for our artistic project, we have been offering a risky, less touristic and commercial look of Cuban culture for five years; a living place, a space of creative freedoms and experimentation. ”
He also said that “it is an award for perseverance, the sense of belonging and the daily sacrifice of the entire team. It is a great gift for everyone and I speak for everyone: artists, workers, visitors and art makers; and even for our country, especially in these times we live. This reaffirms and demonstrates that despite the great difficulties, needs and disadvantages we have, it can be done! and new forms of management are possible for our future. ”
Finally, he pointed out: “You don’t have to fear, you have to support and open your mind to new possibilities. As Charlie Chaplin once said: If you don’t dream, you’ll never find what’s beyond your dreams.”
For the preparation of this annual guide, Time magazine requested nominations in a variety of categories – including museums, parks, restaurants and hotels – from its publishers and correspondents around the world, as well as from industry experts. Then it evaluated each one based on key factors, including quality, originality, sustainability, innovation and influence. The result is a guide of 100 places, some of the most diverse spaces in the world, in more than thirty countries.